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SAE workshops address frontal offset crash testing and lower extremity injuries

Warrendale, PA,, Jan. 14, 2000 - — The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International) is coordinating two related TOPical TEChnical workshops in January at the Canal Street DoubleTree Hotel in New Orleans. The Frontal Offset Crash Testing TOPTEC, scheduled for January 26-27, 2000, will present an overview of the nature and severity of frontal offset crashes and the current role of crash testing from the viewpoint of manufacturers, governmental officials, and international experts.

The Lower Extremity Injuries TOPTEC, to be held on January 27-28, 2000, will help safety professionals understand lower extremity injuries and explore strategies to aid in their prevention.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), frontal crashes involving cars and light trucks account for about 14,500 fatalities and about 130,000 moderate-to-critical injuries, including 50,000 injuries to lower limbs. The two workshops are being offered together to allow participants to examine the broad issue of occupant protection in offset crashes and to provide a general overview of lower limb injuries, but also to consider lower limb injuries with respect to frontal offset crashes.

For more information or to register, contact Marianne Kuenzig, Program Developer, 724/772-8526 or SAE Professional Development at 724/772-7148, fax: 724/776-4955; email: or ">click here.

Leslie Rizzi
phone: 724/772-4031